Be On Time
- Try not to be late to your consultation/ tattoo, and please call/text the artist in advance if you are going to be. If you are more than 20 minutes late, it is up to your artist’s discretion whether to reschedule, as other projects and consults are booked throughout a day.
- Always try to give AT LEAST 24 hours notice if you know in advance you won’t be able to make your appointment. To not do so may cost you your deposit.
Your Way or the Highway
Respect your artist
- Be mindful and respectful of the artist’s years of professional experience when talking about a design.
- If the artist says something won’t work, it won’t work. Even if it’s something “you’ve seen in a picture” or “a friend of yours has”, keep in mind all artists are different, pictures are generally taken right after a tattoo is done, and there are many different levels of artists. You never see a picture of the tattoo a year later; also the artist may be envisioning something that will make you happier than what you saw.
A good artist respects you and is serious about your tattoo
- A good artist cares about your tattoo and his/her reputation as an artist, so by default the outcome of your tattoo is in the artist’s best interest.
- Be smart, to push for things the artist says won’t work is not only working against the outcome of your tattoo, but also showing distrust of the artists extensive knowledge of tattoo design, which is a really bad precedent to set.
- You picked the artists for a reason: his/her portfolio, so let go and trust them. Ego is not your amigo when it comes to tattoo design.
- Don’t ask for a deal, it’s like your boss trying to cut your paycheck for the amount of work you do. Also, if an artist does work out a deal, be mindful no one really works for free… corners will be cut. Tattoos can always be broken up into sessions, and if you can’t afford even smaller sessions ask yourself if it’s the right time for something so permanent.
- On rare occasion, during a consultation, the artist might decide that it’s not the best idea to tattoo you. Please don’t be insulted by this. Maybe the artist is not feeling the idea matches with his/her style, or the vibe is off.
- To do otherwise would be taking your money while they don’t believe in what they are doing; therefore there will be no heart in it. Artists that take on things that they don’t enjoy solely for profit often produce poor tattoos.